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Black Swan, White Raven: A Modern Collection of Fairy Tales by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

By Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

A stellar assymbly of lots of today's so much artistic and entire storytellers has amassed round the tribal hearth to embroider well-worn yarns with new golden thread. Black Swan, White Raven revisits the stories that charmed, enthralled, and terrified us in our early adolescence - sporting us aloft into the fit, beating center of loved fantasy to inform once more the tales of Rumpelstiltskins and slumbering beauties, basically this time from an edgy, provocative and exceptionally grownup standpoint. the subjects and archetypes of our cherished youth fiction are reexamined in a darker gentle by way of 21 impressive teller of stories who deftly discover the ironic, the outrageous, the enigmatic and the erotic on the center of the world's best-known fables, whereas revealing the sobering truths and lies at the back of "happily ever after."

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In it, Gold shows us the wisdom of a simple rule: Never pick a fight until you know exactly who it is you’re fighting with . . * * * * Greenberg did not deserve his surroundings. He was the first fisherman of the season, which guaranteed him a fine catch; he sat in a dry boat—one without a single leak—far out on a lake that was ruffled only enough to agitate his artificial fly. The sun was warm, the air was cool; he sat comfortably on a cushion; he had brought a hearty lunch; and two bottles of beer hung over the stern in the cold water.

He recoiled at the sound of her voice, which, to him, roared out like a siren. “Quiet, Rosie! ” And for further emphasis, he shoved his lips out against a warning finger. He heard his wife striding heavily around the kitchen. ” “I can’t papa,” she stated firmly. ” He flinched when he heard her gasp in the bathroom; but, when she came out with soaked shoes, he fled downstairs. He wandered aimlessly toward the village. Now he was in for it, he thought; screams from Esther, tears from Rosie—plus a new pair of shoes for Rosie and two and a half dollars.

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